Sucală, Mădălina; Stefan, Simona; Macavei, Bianca; Dobrean, Anca; Bolno, Jaclyn; Mironiuc, Ion Aurel; Mironiuc, Clara; David, Daniel
September 2010
Journal of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychotherapies;Sep2010, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p211
Academic Journal
Pre- and post-surgical distress, as well as pre- and post-surgical pain, are amongst some of the psychologically relevant matters of medical intervention in patients with amputated limbs. Distress and pain represent clinical problems of great importance for amputees, as both have considerable impact on patients' personal lives, work, and social interactions. The purpose of this study is to investigate the level of pre- and post-surgical distress and their relationship to amputation-related pain in patients with lower limb amputations. Results show that levels of distress and pain, while decreasing significantly, remain in the clinical range following surgical intervention. As for predictors of residual limb pain, results show that post-surgical anxiety is the single significant predictor of pain in this sample. Results point to the importance of targeting postsurgical anxiety during psychological interventions as to reduce patients' levels of pain and to improve physical and psychological functioning.


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